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A quiet early morning in Dunn Loring was briefly shattered on Monday after a driver refused to pull over for a traffic stop, an act which resulted in the individual being pursued by numerous police vehicles. Details on the entirety of the incident are still incomplete, but enough has been released by officers with the Dunn Loring Police Department and the Fairfax County Police to reconstruct the main points of the incident.
A high-speed chase in and around Annandale on Saturday has resulted in the arrest of one man and a subsequent list of charges that reflect the danger this man posed to civilians and officers during the incident. It began around 5:00 in the evening when an officer saw a car speeding down Little River Turnpike, close to where this street intersects with Columbia Road. The officer also noticed that the car was driving erratically and recklessly as well as being over the posted limit. The officer attempted to perform a routine traffic stop on the vehicle, but the car’s driver decided otherwise.
Just around 9:45 in the evening, a police officer with the Fairfax County Police noticed a vehicle being driven recklessly and at high speeds near the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Stringfellow Court inside of the town of Fairfax itself. The officer then attempted to perform a traffic stop on the individual behind the wheel of the car, but this person decided that they did not want to be engaged in a traffic stop and instead attempted to flee from the pursuing officer.
Early this past Sunday, a Manassas resident who was driving along Interstate 66 caused a deadly three-vehicle crash, after which he attempted to flee the scene of the incident and escape from the pursuing authorities. According to the Virginia State Police, the accident took place close to 4:00 in the morning, on Interstate 66’s westbound lanes. The accident location was inside of Fairfax County, but also only 1,000 feet to the east of the line separating Fairfax County and Prince William County.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department’s report, Tran, a 58-year-old, was driving a white SUV down the westbound lanes of I-66, when he somehow managed to collide with two other vehicles. The report goes on to say that a witness, Artz, arrived shortly after the incident and began to take a video of the crash’s aftermath on her phone.
It seems that after causing the collisions, Tran, who’s car was badly damaged but still working, left the scene of the incident. It was when he passed a rest area along I-66 that another civilian, Panameno noticed him. Panameno, who claims he did not know an accident had just occurred, saw the mangled SUV, noticed how airbags on both sides had been deployed, and called the police. Panameno also left the rest area and began to follow Tran.
Eventually, Panameno was able to get in front of Tran’s car and stop him. The police report says that Panameno told them that he left his vehicle and approached Tran’s car, which was leaking fluids from its undercarriage. Panameno then attempted to help Tran from the car as well as engage him in conversation, however the man was only vaguely coherent and would only keep saying over and over again that he was not injured.
The same can not be said for the people in the other two cars involved in the crash. While it is not clear just how many people were located within these cars, it is known that two of them suffered from injuries and were taken to the hospital. A third person was declared dead at the scene.
When police reached Tran, they administered a field sobriety test. He did not pass this test.
On Wednesday, police in Vienna arrested a driver on a suspected DUI after a car crashed a utility pole just off of Maple Avenue East. The report from the Vienna Police Department indicates that the crash occurred close to 1:00 in the morning. The car has not been described in any detail and the driver of the vehicle has not been named, however a series of details relating to the incident have been released.
On September 12th, an unnamed woman drove to 12005 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, in order to undergo what she believed to be an interview. According to the report from the Fairfax County Police, the woman had gotten the interview after responding to an ad placed on Craigslist for an administrative assistant. When she arrived at the location, she met the 44-year-old Gainesville resident, Rauf. Upon entering the building and being closed in an office with Rauf, the woman told police that the man proceeded to sexually assault her.
On Tuesday, Fairfax County Police responded to an emergency call that brought them to the 8400 block of Springfield’s Alban Road. According to the preliminary report filed by the Fairfax County Police, the collision occurred somewhere close to 8:15 in the morning and resulted in the closure of Alban Road for over three hours. While the full details of the incident have yet to be released, it seems as though at least two cars were involved in a crash that resulted in the death of at least one individual.
An extremely distressing story has emerged from Falls Church that seems to indict a mother in the neglect and endangerment of her three children. A little over a week ago, Faulkinson loaded her kids into her car and drove with them to Columbia Pike, somewhere in the 5600 block. Police with the Fairfax Police Department have indicated that the the car arrived at Columbia Pike close to 2:00 in the afternoon.
Police have issued a statement regarding an incident that occurred in Manassas this past Friday and resulted in the death of at least one individual and the hospitalization of another. While the investigation into the incident is still ongoing, the authorities in control of the case have decided that it is appropriate to release information at this time that will fill the public in on what has been happening.
On Friday morning, just before 6:30, a Virginia Department of Transportation employee was driving down Interstate 95, on his way to a car that had stalled in the northbound lanes of the busy highway, close to the 166B exit for the Fairfax County Parkway. When the highway safety worker arrived at the disabled car, he exited his own vehicle and began to create a safe perimeter around the two cars.
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